With the August bank holiday less than a fortnight away health leaders are urging patients to check they have the medicines needed for the long weekend.
GP surgeries will be closed on Monday 29 August so people should check opening times for local pharmacies and the GP practice they are registered with. Anyone who has medicine on a repeat prescription should also check they have what they will need.
Joanne Stanney, Deputy Director of Medicines Management for NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “It’s worth checking you have the medicines you might need – both prescription and over-the-counter essentials such as paracetamol.
“We don’t want any patient to run out of a medicine essential to their health and have to visit NHS services that are open – these should be kept free to deal with emergency or urgent cases.
“Anyone who becomes unwell over the bank holiday can call NHS 111, which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“They will give advice and immediately direct patients to the local service that best meets their needs.”
Pharmacists can help with expert advice on how to look after yourself and advice on the safe supply and use of medicines. They can also help with a wide range of minor ailments including; coughs/colds, aches/pains, stomach upsets, bites or stings, conjunctivitis, earache, emergency contraception, diarrhoea, and high temperature.
People can talk to a pharmacist in confidence and no appointment is needed. They can also help you decide if you need to see a doctor.
To find out about pharmacy opening times visit www.southernderbyshireccg.nhs.uk/news-events/news-articles-2016/derbyshire-pharmacies-august-bank-holiday-2016-opening-times/
Minor injury units can be found at Buxton Hospital, Ilkeston Community Hospital, Ripley Hospital and Whitworth Hospital, Darley Dale. All are open 8am to 10pm.
Derby Urgent Care Centre, in Osmaston Road, is open 8am to 8pm every day of the year, and can help people who need urgent attention for illness and injuries such as sprains, strains, minor burns and scalds, minor head and eye injuries, infections and severe sore throats.